November eNewsletter

GBSN November eNewsletter: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Guy PfeffermannStephen Sacca
Chief Executive Officer

With just 7 weeks in my new role as CEO of GBSN, I approached the GBSN Annual Conference with great anticipation. Without previous experience attending these events, I did not know what to expect. I was not disappointed! In fact, I was overwhelmed with inspiration in so many ways. The conference convened over 150 participants in Washington D.C., breaking an attendance record for GBSN. We had the pleasure of welcoming 63 academic institutions from 33 nations, colleagues from the private sector, peer organizations and colleagues from the development sector. The Agenda also included the highest amount of sessions and speakers in GBSN conference history.

But beyond the numbers, it was and extraordinary opportunity to convene a group of people from around the world who possess a shared vision to advance economic development through business education. And what we heard was an incredible display of determination, innovative thinking and energy to power new pathways to prosperity.

As I observed the proceedings over the course of three days, what struck me most was the openness and trust among conference participants to discuss a range of challenges we face in our efforts to improve economic development and to collectively celebrate the successes that we have had in our pursuit to improving economic gains through management education.

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Learning by Doing: The Power of Experiential Learning in Management Education

March 14-15, 2018
Lima, Peru

Co-hosted by: Universidad ESAN and CLADEA

A summit on experiential learning

Teaching Entrepreneurship Summit: Approaches to Educating Local Business Leaders for the Developing World

May 3-4, 2018
Casablanca, Morocco

Hosted by: ESCA Ecole de Management

A summit for entrepreneurship educators

Ghana MDI Delivering Locally Relevant Management Training to Healthcare Workers in Africa

GBSN’s COO, Page Buchanan reflects on her recent trip to Ghana where she witnessed the Management Development Institute (MDI) program training at the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Funded by Johnson & Johnson, the MDI porgram provides practical management and leadership training to healthcare professionals in Africa.

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Dr. Nubi Achebo Robert H. Smith School of Business Launches Cross-Cultural Wireless Business Growth Challenge

The competition will begin in late February or March, 2018 and take place over the course of two months. Each university will create one team of 4-5 MBA students to compete in this on-line competition. The simulation is focused on financial decision-making and forecasting in cross-cultural environment.

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GSVC Calling All Social Entrepreneurs Applications for the 2018 Global Social Venture Competition Are Open!

Calling all social entrepreneurs! Applications for the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business 2018 Global Social Venture Competition are open. If you have a young startup aiming to make a difference in the world, apply to compete in the 2018 competition. $80,000 in prize money will be given away at the 2018 Global Finals in Milan, April 11-13.
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AUC campus The American University in Cairo Joins CEMS Network

AUC is the first university from the MENA region to join the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS). This new academic partnership now makes CEMS present on all continents with 30 leading business schools.

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Austin Okere University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Launches New MOOC on Innovative Finance

Have you ever despaired over the state of the world, and asked yourself “how can I make a difference?” Check out UCT’s new MOOC, which starts on 4th December 2017 and seeks to empower organizations and individuals to design workable financial strategies to tackle social issues.

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Apply for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps!

Atlas Corps seeks emerging leaders from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. and Latin America. Atlas Corps engages professionals committed to social change in 6-18 month fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Deadline: December 19, but applications accepted year-round

The American University in Cairo: African Graduate Fellowships
The African Graduate Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for bright, highly motivated African students interested in pursuing a master’s degree at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Each year, fellowships are offered to nationals of African countries (not including Egyptians) for full-time study in any of the graduate programs offered at AUC. Fellowships are awarded for two academic years and the intervening summer session. Deadline: February 1, 2018 for the Fall semester.

ANDE Call for Proposals: Uganda Ecosystem Initiative (RFP)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is pleased to announce that the Uganda Ecosystem Initiative Request for Proposal (RFP) is now open! ANDE now invites proposals from qualified consultants to develop a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kampala and one additional Ugandan region with a significant agricultural economic sector.
Deadline: December 6, 2017

Global CalendarCheck out more upcoming events happening in the business education community at the GBSN Global Events Calendar

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